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A day of rage in Bahrain

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 01:13

April 19 - Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government activists on Thursday ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government activists on Thursday ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix. Protesters seeking to oust Bahrain's monarchy have threatened "days of rage" to coincide with the race, while organizers have ignored appeals to call off an event that was canceled last year due to violent demonstrations during the Arab Spring. While international sports correspondents are in Bahrain for the race, non-sports reporters from Reuters and some other news organizations have not been granted visas to visit the Gulf island. Several hundred people tried to stage a protest in the capital, Manama, on Thursday. The protesters moved from a Shi'ite neighborhood in the back streets chanting slogans against the government but riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades when they tried to enter a main highway near the British embassy. Bahrain's chief of public security said a number of "rioters and vandals" had been arrested for taking part in unlawful protests. Bahrain has been in turmoil since a democracy movement erupted more than a year ago after uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Protests were initially crushed with the loss of dozens of lives but youths still clash with riot police and thousands take part in opposition rallies.

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A day of rage in Bahrain

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 01:13